January 7, 2002 #19
pray that you all had a safe and restful
holiday and that the Lord will be with you
during this new year. Michael, Jeremy, and
I are looking forward to the blessings of
God in 2002. I start a new full-time
job tomorrow, January 7. I will be
the receptionist, secretary, clerk, and
teaching aide for the Learning Assistance
Program at Hancock College's new campus in
Lompoc. Please keep me in your
prayers that I will do well and be able to
learn my new job skills.
Because of the new
job, I will be sending BulletinGold
out only the first Sunday of each month.
Since our first issue last March, we
have been blessed by many wonderful
bulletin resources. You can find these
resources, as well as all our back
issues, at the
BulletinGold website at http://www.BulletinGold.PreachToday.com.
Ed Thomason continues to do an excellent
job of keeping the website updated.
I am sending you only one BulletinGold
each month, I want to be sure that you
will have excellent material for your
bulletins. This means that I
still need you to send me those great
articles and poems. I still need
you to send me websites which teach
the Bible and have resources to share
with your brethren.
Panning for more Gold
THE EASY WAY DOESN'T LEAD TO
THE RIGHT PLACE
preacher's articles this issue
A. Jay Kelly
the narrow gate. For wide is the gate
and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many enter through
it. But small is the gate and narrow
the road that leads to life and only a
few find it. Matthew 7:13-14
That verse is among the most
frightening in the New Testament, and
no less so because it is the Lord
himself speaking. While often applied,
correctly, to the religious world,
this verse has an application to the
church of Christ as well. You see, too
many of us are on the broad road of
acceptance, popularity, and acclaim,
and not enough on the narrow road of
I'm not talking about those
who are relying on the grace of God
and struggling to be faithful to Him
in everything they do, but who fail
regularly. If that was the wide road,
no one could be on the narrow path.
No, the wide path is a little
different. It sneaks up when we think
we have our doctrine down pat and need
no further study. It hits us when the
world goes zipping by on the four-lane
highway to Hell, and we wonder why we
are on this single lane path, when it
looks like they're enjoying their trip
so much more.
We wonder why we have to live
with all these "rules." After all,
isn't grace supposed to get rid of the
rules? But, grace doesn't get rid of
the rules, or the standard of conduct.
Grace simply saves us when we fail
(and we all do!).
Jesus, in this passage, tells
us that it is easy to get off track. The
roadway to heaven goes only through Him
and his doctrine. If we hope to please
God, we need to get on that narrow path.
To stay on the path is to accept and do
those things Jesus has told us.
Obedience is not legalism, and God is
not bound to accept whatever we feel is
good and acceptable. He has spelled out
his expectations in Scripture, and the
road map is there.
Perhaps it is time to ask
Jay Kelley is the evangelist for the
church of Christ in Colby, Kansas. His
THE RIGHT THING
Have you ever meant to say
something that didn't come out just the
way you wanted it to? Being a preacher,
it seems that I have a constant problem
of "foot in mouth". I have heard other
folks do the same thing. Sometimes a
word of correction that came off much
harsher than we had intended.
I received this little story from a
friend of mine in Missouri (Raymond),
which illustrates the problem. A bashful
young man asked a friend for advice on
what to talk about on a date. The friend
said to flatter the girl. "Tell her when
you see her face, time stands still."
What the rattled young man said to his
date was, "Your face would stop a
How do you get into messes like that?
More important, how do you get out
again? Most of the time it is as simple
as saying, "I'm sorry, that was not what
I meant to say. " Notice what Paul
writes in Colossians 4:6: "Let your
speech be always with grace, seasoned
with salt, that ye may know how ye ought
to answer every man."
"Let your speech always be with grace,
seasoned with salt..." I don't know
about you, but I need an almost constant
reminding of that principle. Why?
Because I often don't do so well at
accomplishing it. May our God guide you
in all that you think and say!
Bless, Russ Lawson, Greenville Church of
Christ, Greenville, Ohio Email:
|WHAT IS THE
In questioning Jesus, Pilate
asked the question: "what is the
truth? "(John 18:38) This is a
question that transcends time and
reaches even unto this day. Many today
are asking the same question. Some
have arrived at what is believed to be
the answer. Others are still looking.
Let us examine for a minute what the
truth is not. In so doing, perhaps we
can determine what is the truth.
The truth is not based on
just man's opinion. One man stated,
"Opinions are like noses, everybody
has one." There may be much truth in
that simple statement. The fact is,
opinion is like the wind; it can
change with different conditions. Many
have opinions, but not all opinions
are truth. There are basically two
kinds of opinion. There are subjective
opinion and objective. Subjective
opinions are usually based on
feelings, notions, ideas, and past
experiences. Sometimes these opinions
are fueled by feelings at a given
moment in time. Objective opinions,
however, are based on fact. For
example, if I tell you that it is my
opinion that my car will not run
without gasoline, that would be an
example of objective opinion.
Objective opinion is based on truth.
Subjective is not.
The criteria for determining
truth can also vary with the
individual. The question might be
asked: Who or what is the authority in
a particular matter? Often the right
authority is not consulted. Therefore,
the truth is not seen. If in religious
circles, I consider what "they" say
regarding certain matters, I might not
arrive at the truth. Jesus stated a
number of times in Matthew chapters 5
and 6, "You have heard it said, but I
say unto you." He was attempting to
lead those to whom He was speaking
into the truth. He stated that we
could know the truth (John 8:32). He
also stated that He was the truth
(Jno. 14:6). To understand and obey
Jesus is to know and follow the truth.
He is the right authority, not man or
some religious official.
Truth can be
determined. Truth is attainable. The
source of all truth is God. To
answer the question, What is truth?,
I need only to go to the word of God
and look at what it says. Like those
Christians at Berea, I should
"search the scriptures daily whether
those things were so" ( Acts 17:11
Brandstatter preaches for the Vienna
church of Christ in Vienna, Illinois.
DOES NOT RETURN VOID
Has it ever occurred to you
that if we wanted to judge the Lord's
effectiveness as a teacher, we probably
wouldn't want to look at His disciples
around the time of His crucifixion...
Why not? Consider:
1. One of His disciples [Judas] betrayed
Him and then committed suicide (Mark
14:10, 11, 18; Matt. 27:3-5).
2. Another disciple [Peter] tried to
start a fight, denied even knowing
Jesus, and then cursed when some
suggested that he was a follower (Matt.
26:51, 52; 69-75).
3. All of His disciples forsook Him and
fled (Mark 14:50).
Of course, it is helpful to "look on
down the line" and see these same men
days and years after the crucifixion.
The twelve were boldly preaching
Christ as the resurrected Lord
(Acts 4:13, 18, 19, 31; 9:29; 14:3;
THOUGHT: Bible teacher, when
results aren't immediately forthcoming,
when you wonder if you're making any
impact, and when you're ready to "throw
in the towel" because it seems that
nobody is listening, IT IS THEN THAT YOU
MUST NOT GIVE UP! Remember, it takes a
while before the farmer sees the fruit
of his labor.
"For as the
rain comes down, and the snow from
heaven, and do not return there, but
water the earth, and make it bring
forth and bud, that it may give seed
to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall My word be that goes froth
from My mouth; it shall not return to
Me void, but it shall accomplish what
I please, and it shall prosper in the
thing for which I sent it" (Isa.
55:10, 11; cf. Jas. 5:7).
#157, January 2, 2002. Published by Mike
Benson, Minister of the Oak Hill Church
of Christ in Evansville, Indiana. You
may subscribe at http://www.oakhillcoc.org.
THE CHRISTIAN'S ABC'S
goodies this issue
the Bible as God's Word (1 Peter 1:23;
Bear one another's burdens
Confess Christ to men (Matthew
Defend the faith (Jude 3).
Endure temptation (James 1:12).
Forgive one another (Luke
Give the glory to God (Romans
Hunger for righteousness
Imitate Christ (1 Peter 2:21).
Join unto the Lord (1
Know God's Word (1 Peter 2:2).
Labor in the church (Galations
Magnify Christ (Philippians
Nurture and care for other
Christians (II Corinthians 7:13).
Offer up spiritual sacrifices
(1 Peter 2:5).
Pray always (Ephesians 6:18).
Quit sinning (Romans 6:1,2).
Redeem the time (Colossians
Search the scriptures (Acts
Thank God in every thing (1
Understand by faith (Hebrews
Watch out for the devil (1
eXpect the Lord's return
Be Zealous of good
works (Titus 2:14).
if God couldn't take the time to bless
us today because we couldn't take the
time to thank Him yesterday?
What if God
decided to stop leading us tomorrow
because we didn't follow Him today?
What if we never
saw another flower bloom because we
grumbled when God sent the rain?
What if God
didn't walk with us today because we
failed to recognize it as His day?
What if God took
away the Bible tomorrow because we
would not read it today?
What if God took
away His message because we failed to
listen to the messenger?
What if God
hadn't sent His only begotten Son
because He wanted us to pay the price
What if the door
of the church was closed because we
did not open the door of our hearts?
What if God
stopped loving and caring for us
because we failed to love and care for
What if God
would not hear us because we would not
listen to Him?
What if God
answered our prayers the way we answer
His call to service?
What if God met
our needs the way we give Him our
Unknown, contributed by Sherry Boor,
Lincoln & Tunnell Church of Christ,
Santa Maria, California.
Hearts of Gold
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can!
unknown, copied from the bulletin of the
Church of Christ at Las Tunas and Kings
Streets, Morro Bay, California
& sayings for bulletins and signs
Bless God for what you have.
Trust God for what you need. In all
things, pray without ceasing. 1
A happy home is not one without
problems, but one that handles them with
understanding and love.
No life is too broken for God